A virtual special session of the annual Legionella Conference, co-hosted by NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association, will focus on disease prevention from waterborne pathogens during a public health crisis. Previously set for January 2021 in Chicago, Illinois, this session of the conference has been rescheduled as an interactive virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic.
The two-day virtual session of the Legionella Conference, Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens During an Emergent Health Crisis, will take place March 9-10 to address how industries such as healthcare, water utilities, manufacturing and hospitality, as well as health departments and regulators, can better respond to water-related challenges during a major health crisis.
The global pandemic has driven commercial, educational and industrial facility shutdowns, as well as low-occupancy rates in buildings, posing the unintended consequence of legionella growth or significant impacts on water quality and operation of building water systems.
The virtual event will provide opportunity for experts from leading organizations to share insights and global perspective on an interactive platform. Specific topics include technical risk management and sampling strategies, safe reopening of buildings and state-issued COVID-19 guidance related to water management, emergency planning and resiliency strategies to return to normal operations and prevent further public health hazards during a crisis.
For more details, visit legionellaconference.org.